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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 28, 2010 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoke gets in the rye? -- weird and pointless fun facts

In the spirit of drawing connections between totally unrelated items, I submit the following:

Most of us know that "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" was the last song that Jerry Garcia recorded (for the movie "Smoke").

- The song written by Jerome Kern, for whom Jerome "Jerry" Garcia was named.

- The song is referenced in "Catcher in the Rye," a book written by Jerome David Salinger.

So take that for whatever it's worth...

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Jan 28, 2010 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoke gets in the rye? -- and a carousel ride

keep forgetting about the Jerome connection - nice!
among 700 other songs, Kern also wrote Ol' Man River and the jazz standard, All The Things You Are which has inspired jazz artists to this day


this lyric reminds me of the scene with Holden and Phoebe at the end of Catcher...
"Midnight, on a carousel ride
Reaching for the gold ring, down inside
Never could reach
It just slips away, when I try."

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 29, 2010 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smoke gets in the rye? -- and a carousel ride

Want another one?

Salinger's short story "Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut" was made into a critically-panned film called "My Foolish Heart."

I'm amazed by how many of you all don't like Catcher. That book really spoke to me as a teenager. He may be a whiner, but as someone said above, "weren't we all?" And by the end of the book, his attitude starts to change. He's growing up. I think that's the real message.

It reminds me a bit of "A Clockwork Orange" (the original book, not the one released in the US, and certainly not the movie). By the end, Alex starts to mature. He basically outgrows his violent, rebellious youth and becomes a man.